Channel: Ali Hammuda
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Alhamdulillah we started last week, our journey, trying to discover what the principles of success are. According to Allah subhanho wa taala. We said the era of the 21st century where everyone is trying to capture our attention for better or for worse, everyone is claiming that they have discovered the secrets for happiness and their principles for success. Muslims or non Muslims alike are talking about it theories are all over the place.
And we said that it would be nice for us to have the opportunity to learn how success is to be attained from our very mica himself, Elijah Lagenaria.
And that is why we have turned to Serato for recon chapter 25 of the Quran. And we're looking towards the end of the surah from verses 63 to around 76.
And this is where Allah Jalla Jalla Allahu describes the qualities of the true servants of Allah subhanho wa taala. So it hasn't been left a secret. Somebody who wants to know how to hit the jackpot, if you wish to put it crudely. Somebody wants to know how to be the dearest to Allah is not left for trial and error.
You don't even need the opinion of a prophet or a messenger.
Allah Himself has given to us a list of characteristics that is needed, describing your walk, describing your talk, describing your mornings describing your evenings, describing how you behave in public your behavior in private.
And describing the very words that you and I are to use when making dua. It's simple. It's as simple as that. Allahu Akbar.
Last week, we began looking at two of those characteristics.
And we have already made a promise between us haven't we? We've made the promise that there is no better month to exercise these qualities than the month that we are witnessing now.
And a person who does not make an active effort to apply these traits in this month month of Ramadan, then it's an indication that there is very little good in this person.
gates of paradise are open. Gates of Hell are closed.
The Shayateen have been shackled. The rebellious jinn are not around.
Allah has gifted us with the Laylatul Qadr it's a month of mercy. And then we still fail to see an active change in our public and private doings. Thus the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam would say about such a person of either hola May Allah distance such a person may Allah keep him away.
So keep your intention dear brother, this sister as you're hearing these words, this is not an entertainment evening.
Yes, there is joy comes from from the likes of the sittings. Undoubtedly, that's not the point, the prime cornerstone of why we are here, we are here to show Allah Almighty a transformation and this needs to be our intention when coming to the house of Allah.
What was characteristic number one Do you remember
characteristic number one from the true servants of argument what was it that you walk on the earth with ease? How did we understand the term is?
Okay, without pride, so they are people of humbleness.
Okay, what else?
Allah, Allah, so they walk on the earth with an element of pride. So is this a contradiction to brother for him abou AMA?
Good. So they in of themselves are humble people when they are walking on the earth, you don't see any sign of arrogance.
But at the same token, the wording of the word the wording of the ayah describes that there is pride in their walk, because they are walking on the earth, not within the earth on the earth. So we said that they are people who are proud to be Muslims.
So they don't show any conceit. haughtiness, egotism, arrogance, the same token they are confident with their religion, confident in their principles, confident
they described their walk and what else another characteristic number two of the true servants of Iraq man. Salaam, yeah. When the ignorant people addressed them harshly. They respond with words of peace, Allahu Akbar. We said broke a brother, you're going to regret now that you raised your hand. We said that there are four ways that people respond to ignorance. Okay, level number one that you respond to ignorance with greater ignorance. Yeah, number two.
Okay, the second way is a similar amount of ignorance. Yeah. Number three.
To just ignore the person. Yes. And the fourth is to respond with kindness. Good with excellent Yes, very good.
Time. So we've said that the true sir
bunch of ramen are as follows Allah said why are you bad or Ratnani, Latina Yamuna and the HANA the true servants or if you wish, the true worshipers of man we explained this last week. They are the ones who walked the earth with ease.
What is our thought about whom will Jahai Luna Carlos Salama? And when they are addressed by the ignorant harshly they respond with words of peace. We elaborated upon that. What else do we know about them? Allahu Akbar. Listen to the verse after it and I hope you are following through your own copies of the Quran Chapter 25 is 63 and moving onwards.
Allah said Wallasey nirb Tune earlier up, be him so Giada Oh,
they are those who spend their nights prostrating and bowing to Allah.
Allahu Akbar Alhamdulillah that Allah has imposed upon us the month of Ramadan
and Alhamdulillah that Allah has legislated for us Salah to taraweeh the evening prayer in the month of Ramadan
because in the lives of many people, they have not bowed or frustrated to Allah Almighty once in the night voluntarily. For the entire year from Ramadan to Ramadan, they are a corpse. They are a corpse during the night when they are asleep. A log
this Rama Ramadan comes and wakes them up. It's from the Mercy of Allah training for the rest of the year. The true servants of Allah Almighty who spend their evenings prostrating and bowing to Allah, nothing in this area is alluding to the month of Ramadan to show you the prostrate and the bow all throughout the year.
And they dedicate and they dedicate a portion of the night for the worship of Allah, regardless of what month it is and what what season it is.
Allahu Akbar. Big things on their mind. So big, and so enormous other concerns and so great is their fear of the Hereafter, and so high or their aspirations for paradise that it wakes them up at night. And this, by the way, was the key aim of the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. It wasn't just praying before going to sleep after Asia. And there is goodness in that don't get me wrong.
And it wasn't just a prayer of the night before Salah to fetcher, which is the greatest time for pm the time of Sahar and there is greatness in that his plan was one where he would sleep and wake up and pray and sleep and wake up and pray sleep and wake up and pray. In other words, so now I was like, almost harassing him. He couldn't, his sides were forsaking his beds as Allah described the Quran, he couldn't he would get up and pray for to fall asleep, wake up and pray. This is somebody who has Salah on his mind and Allah in his heart, Allahu Akbar.
I want to ask a question here before we open up this topic of Byam praying at night and how relevant it is to the month of Ramadan Allahu Akbar. Question
Don't you find it interesting how the very first two characteristics of the true servants of Allah man had nothing to do with worship?
What were the first two, he walk with ease their humble number two, how they speak when they are addressed harshly. The first two characteristics had nothing to do with their worship or direct relationship with Allah.
Then after telling us about how they behaved with people during the day, then Allah went to tell us about their behavior at night.
They worship me they bow to me, they prostrate. What is the significance of that?
somebody other than our brother.
perfecting the manners, Allahu Akbar. So it's, it's almost as if it is an indication from Allah.
A subtle reminder to you or Muslim beware of limiting your understanding of being religious to prayer, and fasting and Hajj.
Being a practicing Muslim is very much governed as well walk by your behavior with people. It's amazing. So many of our brothers and sisters who are set with us today here in the masjid,
who may have been students of these study circles for maybe seven, eight years.
And nevertheless, phone calls come to me and others from their parents, from their children, from their wives from their husbands saying, What are you teaching them? You claim to be teaching the man is in the masjid. And indeed, We have a series all about manners. And the very same parents are saying where are the signs of their manners at home?
Or is it just religiosity in the masjid?
Where are their manners?
And this Alou
Think to this message Allah subhana wa Tala mentions their quantities with people before speaking about their behavior with him. Religion is a large part of your behavior with people beware of the secular Ristic mentality of leave what is for Caesar for Caesar what is for God for God.
We don't have that divorce between church and state as Muslims. Our religion governs how we bow and prostrate our religion governs how we fast and recite our religion governs our pound on dollar. It governs our politics, it governs our policies.
This is our religion.
Beware of creating that separation the brother or the sister and being a fitna for people saying Is this their religion, your newly acquired religiosity, you know what I preferred you when you are not a practicing person.
Now that you've made life for us in the house, hell on earth,
Allah said they are they are well behaved with people. They are composed, subtle. At the same token they worship me at night Allahu Akbar.
And that is why our mother Khadija Radi Allahu Allah, Allah Allah, Allahu Akbar, brothers and sisters, I personally never tire of reminding myself of this principle. Our Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam came rushing back from the cave, following his very first experience with Revelation Angel Jibreel. He didn't know what that was. What was that thing that just came and attacked me?
Why was it seemed to me read?
How can you hug me so tightly that I almost lost my life three times. He didn't know this was revelation. This was the beginning of Revelation. He came rushing back from the mountain went to his wife Khadija, Ravi Allahu Allah, His comfort. And she waited. He said Sam Maloney the theater only cover me shroud me. They covered him he was shaking.
Then when he relaxed and he calmed down,
he said to her luck Akashi to Allah nfcu Khadija Khadija I feared for my life. She didn't interrupt him.
She didn't say to him, what's wrong? Why are you panicking? What's happening as he didn't make him feel or compound the element of fear in his heart she left him. She realized something was strange. Something strange was going on. She left him when he found the ability to speak. He spoke then she gave him the advice. He said, I feared for my life. Oh, Khadija. Look at the words of our mother Khadija.
She said to him Allah would never disgrace a man like you.
How come? Because you pray at night, because you fast. She said to him Canelo Allahu Allah Yokosuka Allahu Allah by Allah, Allah would never humiliate a man like you. Can your wife say that about you? My brother? Can your husband say this about you? My sister, Allah would never disgrace a man like you. How come? She said in the kehlata sailor Rahim? Because you are a man who establishes your family ties
with me little gal. And you carry those who are burdened
with taxable model, Doom and you provide for those who are poor and destitute, destitute, well luckily, life and you are so generous with your guests. What do I know Allah in our will? And you assess you assist the people who deserve
assistance who have been afflicted by calamities.
Not a single one of those characteristics that she identified in him had to do with worship.
She said to him, Allah would never disgrace a man like you because you are good with the people. Don't say to me, brother, Ali, there was no worship. There was no worship because he didn't he wasn't a prophet before this lie actually there was worship, he was worshiping Allah. I want my Isha, who narrated this incident said that he would go to the cave prior to Revelation yet 100 meaning worshipping Allah, one way or another, he was worshiping ALLAH.
So he was, what do you think he was doing in the cave?
He was worshiping Allah thinking about Allah. She didn't listen to him. He didn't say to him, you leave us for weeks on end, in a dark dingy cave because of the paganism of Mecca, how you left them. You never mentioned that.
She said you helped the destitute and you honor your guests and you carry the burden. And thus Allah will never disgrace him and like your brothers and sisters.
Don't separate between manners with people beginning with family, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, children, husbands, and the element of worship. If you have then this is a skewed understanding of Islam, ask Allah Almighty to rectify it for yourself.
So this is the first reflection I wanted to mention here.
The second thing
is the element of the night prayer.
middle of the night prayer.
The messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he said about this value that you are now reading about the true slaves, the worshipers of Allah He said when entering the city of Medina and funnily enough, the one who narrated this hadith was an ex Jew. As Imam will tell me the new rates in his Jeremy when the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam entered the city of Medina.
You heard the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam make the following words announcement if you wish this was his Islamic constitution that shows the world how he's going to be governing the city of Mecca the Islamic State the ideal Islamic State right is built upon these principles here.
This is what he said his manifesto right are you hundreds of people
actual Salam spread peace out the IMO time distribute food, soil or ham uphold your family ties, son Looby Layli when nurse when you pray at night when people are asleep, that whole agenda to be said and Allah will allow you to enter paradise in peace, Allahu Akbar. He said to them spread peace because if a society is turbulent,
if there is fitna there is killing there is bloodshed? How can the dollar flourish?
We need stability in the city, so that we can convey our responsibility of bringing Islam to the world. spread peace he said, distribute food,
uphold your family ties. Pray at night when people are asleep. And Allah will allow you to enter Jannah in peace. Do you worry about the horrors of death and the horrors of the grave? The horrors of the Reckoning and the horrors of standing before Allah to be asked about the minor and the major of your doings? Do you fear that? Do you fear the horrors of the bridge?
He said do these four things you will enter Jannah in peace allow us to enter gender in peace.
And in another narration, Allahu Akbar and we will pause at this one for some time.
Which Mr. Martin Molina writes in his Jama on new authority of the companion Abu Omar Matilda Healy, the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said
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make sure that you act upon the prayer of the night
for Inaho that was selenium in publikum. Because it is the way of the righteous people before you. Wha wha kotoba to lecom ilaro become and it is a means of drawing closer to your Lord.
While MK Farah to 90 se er to Manhattan and in Aetherium and it is a means of raising sins and preventing you from them.
Lord, take it
phase by phase let us take it sentence by sentence.
He said it is the way of the righteous people before you and who was the most righteous of people.
I'll profit Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, the Imams of all Imams, the Imam of all Imams, and the greatest of the prophets and messengers and he has not to Assam humanity has never seen any creation who was dear to Allah than him. And he used to pray at night. Right from the very outset of Islam he was bowing and prostrating to Allah. He is a true servant of Allah.
And what is interesting is that Allah subhanho wa Taala said to him, in one of the very first chapters of the Quran that were given to him, yeah. Are you muslim? And are you who was covered up? It's that early. Oh, you who is covered up, he was afraid because of the angel coming in Leila.
Illa kalila. Pray the entire night.
Stand the entire night in prayer. Think about that, except a small part of it. You can rest
stand the entire night in Salah
Nyssa, who Allah said half of it when Kuzmin who kalila or less than that. I will say the LA he or pray a little bit more. What aterial Khurana 13. and recite the Quran in a measured way in saloon bionic colons Akela. Because we are going to send upon you a heavy word.
We're going to send upon you Quran. And therefore it needs foundations, your foundations as a color to Allah so that you don't shake in the fitna of dunya your foundations is the prayer of the night.
This surah that you just heard of is Surah three or Surah, four chronologically
Surah, three, or Surah four. So there wasn't much Quran before this. And nevertheless, he was spending the majority of the night in prayer.
In the end, you think to yourself Subhanallah what was he reciting? What was he reading?
If there was only three or four chapters of the Quran around there's no salt on Baqarah and either solar to enact these long ones. They weren't around and he
He is spending the majority of the night in prayer. What was he reciting? Allah Almighty knows best what he was doing? Undoubtedly he was glorifying Allah with what knowledge Allah gave him. And that is the fruit of knowledge. You don't wait to become a graduate from data are known. Medina Maccha Riyadh,
Azhar University, with a BA in the Sharia Ph. D, Sharia you don't wait to reach that level before starting your worship of Allah who said, three four chapters of the Quran was sufficient to instruct him to pray the majority of the night and pray.
And it was an obligation upon our Prophet Muhammad samosa.
And it was also an obligation upon his companions for the first part of Islam.
And then that was abrogated as some scholars have said, and it was made a sunnah
desirable for the companions, and it remained an obligation for the Prophet Mohammed Salah Salem, he needs food that a lot of us may not necessarily need.
He needs quantities of food, let us say that a lot of us, a lot of us may not necessarily need.
He has a huge task ahead of him. Allahu Akbar, we're going to send down upon you a heavy word. So pray at night. Our parents they say to us you've got a long and heavy day ahead of you so sleep,
get an early night. You got a long day ahead of you. Allah said to His Messenger, so I sent them the philosophy is different here. You've got a long day ahead of you and a heavy word that is coming. So pray at night. The majority of it Subhan Allah Allah
so it was the way of the righteous people before us and he was he is and will always be at the top of that pyramid Allah He said he prayed at night.
And above Xena, Abdullah hidden with a Quan. One of our earliest of the predecessors he said going to Aqua Rojo ala MSgt, Nabi sallallahu alayhi wa sallam walked us Sahara, Fela Amour Ruby baiting in our few Hikari I used to walk through the streets of the city of Medina, making my way to the mosque of the Prophet salAllahu alayhi wasallam during the last part of the night,
at that point is when a lot of us are tearing the house down with those rolls and those snores and that's the deepest part of the sleep right? He said I would walk through the city of Medina at the time making my way to the masjid and he said, every single house I would walk past I would hear the sound of the RE citation of Quran.
No one was asleep.
So you see why their situation wasn't it was then and why our situation is what it is today.
It's more than just fundraisers and charity events. It's a whole way of life that govern their nights and their days. So Allah gave them success. And Allah gave them openings and Allah gave them dignity.
I'm delighted to the client, the same man Abu Zina, he said and whenever we the young men wanted something from the adults, we needed something we would say to each other, let us meet at the hour of your citation. Let us meet at the hour of recitation which hour the last part of the night. In other words, if you need to find someone you will find him at night they will be at home praying to Allah subhanaw taala Allahu Akbar
and Tao oh seven Okay, seven. Yeah, Mani Tao, who's one of our predecessors, he said Mark on to Ara hudon Jana Mophie, Sahar. I never used to see anybody praying the last portion of the night. Excuse me. That was seven Okay, Santa Yamani. He would say, I never used to see anyone sleeping during the last portion of the night. I never used to see anyone sleeping during the last portion of the night. Everyone was awake brothers and sisters. It was the way of the righteous people before us. A student of knowledge came to him and made him to handle you are aware of Imam Ahmed
and Imam Ahmed, by the way had memorized 1 million Hadith.
Imam Muhammad had memorized 1 million Hadith and by the way, when we say that they memorized a hadith it wasn't like the Hadith that Ali memorizes or any other time they can Henry Hurry up ahora era narrated that the prophesize LM said, narrated by Buhari it's no mic that
they will say to you, we were told that such and such said that chef himself said that sentence that said and he will give you the entire chain of transmission, maybe 20 people, then he will give you the text a million times over.
Imam Ahmed had a student who came to him saying I would like to pursue knowledge. So Imam Abba took him into his home.
And then Imam Ahmed prepared for him a small vessel of water for him to do his will do for Salah Imam Ahmed came to wake him up the next morning for Salat al Fajr.
And he noticed that that vessel of water was untouched. What does that mean?
He never prayed through
With the night, Imam Mohammed looked at the vessel. And he said to the student of knowledge Subhanallah that are you alone, yet global Hadith, while I Akula who will don't mean a lay Subhanallah a man who wants knowledge of Islamic knowledge, a man who wants knowledge of Hadith, but he does not have a portion of prayer at night.
A man who has come to me wanting knowledge, but he doesn't pray at night, how does that work? What equation is this? What religion is this?
And similarly, we must say the same thing brothers and sisters
Subhana Allah and ISOC president who doesn't pray at night.
So behind Allah, a treasurer as Secretary of volunteer of an Islamic society,
of a forces campaign of some sort and doesn't pray at night Subhan Allah Subhana Allah and Imam shaves a mufti, a student of knowledge, a halacha deliverer who doesn't pray at night Subhanallah
husband or wife who intend on creating a generation of Muslims, revivalist and they don't pray at night Subhanallah a Muslim who sees the policies being put in place in order to divert people from their fitrah whether at school or any other introduced institution and you still do not pray at night Subhanallah as Imam Muhammad Muhammad he would say Subhan Allah.
So this is the first part of the Hadith. Take care of your night prayer because it is the way of the righteous people before you. So think about it. When you stand up to Allah bearing and prostrating, you have now become part of an extension of a very long legacy, be part of that legacy.
What was the second part of the Hadith?
Is it here? No, it's not there.
It's a means of drawing closer to your Lord.
If you would like to summarize, Cleon will lay the night prayer in one sentence, you can say it is one of the quickest elevators to Allah.
It is a means of drawing closer to your Lord. Allah loves those moments you spend bowing and prostrating at night when people are asleep.
And perhaps this is one of the reasons why we don't actually know much about the reward that Allah has prepared for those men and women who pray at night. You say to me, brother Ali, excite me now with some alterations in order to encourage me to set my alarm for this evening and to pray more than just my taraweeh what narrations are there? Well, look, Allah subhanho wa taala. He said this.
That the Jaffa renewable home and in my body, I don't own the home. How often Watonga Wamena Rosa Cornell home Yun goon, Allah said, these people, their sites forsake their beds, it's like their sides are allergic to their beds. It's like Allah is saying to us every time they rest their site to sleep, they want to get up and pray to Allah. So like they're dragging their feet out of bed, out of the bed. Their sides are forsaking their beds. How come Oh Allah, are they ill? No. Allah says,
The calling upon Allah, they are calling upon the Lord, out of fear and out of hope, and from what we have given them they are spending.
So what is their reward? Oh Allah give us now the verse after it brother Ali so that we know what Allah has prepared for them. Listen to the answer that people who pray at night tarawih and beyond. Allah said Fela atta Alamo, Neff, some oak Viola who knew karate jazz, be Meccano. Yamalube. Allah said, Therefore, no, no soul has knowledge of the happiness and the joy and the delights of your eyes that has been prepared for such people as a reward for what they used to do.
What is the full reward of the people who pray at night according to Allah Almighty, it has been kept a secret.
Why was it kept a secret? Imagine pm he says, the assignment ponder, ponder, he said to unman gave the car that Allah whom, for whom in the army him Milele Bhima aka hula hoop Meenal Jazza.
Me mulata halomonas. He said ponder over how because they carried out an act of worship that no one was aware of Allah will give them a reward that nobody will be aware of. And Allah, they carried out an action of worship in secret, therefore, their reward is going to be a secret between them and Allah subhana wa Tada Allahu Akbar. Doesn't that excite you to your brother and your sister to do something about it?
That doesn't mean that we don't know anything about the reward of the people who pray at night we do. The messenger said sallallahu alayhi wa sallam as Imam would tell me the generates on the authority of Ali. Enough in Jannetty a lot of Torah of Guru minimoto Neha whoo hoo ha
mean in FL Jannetty Hora in FL Jannetty. Hoorah. Hoorah. Hoorah. Hammond Bortoli Hullabaloo, Herman Buhari has, he said in paradise, there are certain houses that Allah Almighty has built for the people who pray at night. There are certain homes in Jannah that the outsides of which can be seen from their insights and their insights can be seen from their outsides.
We said O Messenger of Allah, Who do these homes belong to he said here, they belong to Lehman, or Tarbell, Callum will
Donostia was under the law he Bill Daley when NASA in the he said these gardens belongs or these homes belong to those who speak beautiful words.
And they distribute food
and they fast continuously, and they pray at night when people are asleep. ignorable humbly he said Subhan Allah focus on how these four characteristics are captured by the month of Ramadan.
Isn't it such an opportunity? What was characteristic number one, the one who is beautiful in speech in the month of Ramadan, we are encouraged not to insult the one who insults us. Yes, you say in the same I am fasting, you beautify your speech a training for the rest of the year, characteristic number two,
distribute food and there is a reward for feeding the people who are fasting. Number three, those who are perpetually fasting and that is an obvious one number for those who pray at night. And that is our evenings in the month of Ramadan ignore Rajab said look at how Allah has captured all four of these in the month of Ramadan. And Allah has an opportunity.
So he said it he sought to A salaam that take care of your night prayer because it is the way of the righteous people before you. And it is a means of drawing closer to your Lord. Look at number three. Look at number three. He said what was it my brothers?
It is a means of erasing sins, Allah other sins of yours of the past that you regret doing and they keep you up at night. Because you know that the ugly face of those sins? Or have they have to show up in your life sooner or later.
Yeah, there's something we can do about that. The night prayer is a means of blocking them out.
But that last part of the hadith is what takes my mind away. He said woman hurt on anything. It is a means of preventing you from sins.
It's easy to prescribe repentance. The issue that a lot of us have is Brother, I'm going to go back to it. I have this weakness. I repent momentarily, but I fear I will go back.
It's too tempting. The urge is too strong. The passion is too powerful and the accessibility is just handheld. Now, what do I do? I repent, I go back and repent, I go back the messenger sets I send the arm then I pray is a means of preventing you from sins. It will be that firewall that stands between you and that addiction me and that addiction.
And that is why pm will ladies the honor of the believer. That is why the night prayer is the honor of the believer, because if Allah has spared you from sins, he has spared you from the humiliating effects of those sins.
It's the honor of the believer. That's how he described it. alayhi salatu salam listen to what he said. He said a tiny Gibreel Angel Jibreel once came to me and he said to me the following Ya Muhammad O Muhammad.
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And he said, Oh Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam live as long as you wish you're going to die in the end.
And love whoever you wish you will have to bid them farewell in the end
and do whatever you wish but you're going to be held accountable for it in the end, and realize oh Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that the honor of the believer is found in his prayer at night.
And the dignity of the believer is when he is self sufficient, not in need of people. Allahu Akbar, he said to him, the night prayer is the dignity of the believer.
a few questions before we continue
some practical questions now pertaining to the night prayer somebody may say, How much am I expected to recite at night? How much am I expected to recite? So in other words, I intend to have I intend to set my alarm to pray as of this evening, above and beyond my taraweeh prayer. And after I eat until the next Ramadan.
What if my re citation or how
How much do I need to be? How much do I need to recite?
The messengers when I send them gives us a benchmark here? He said man comma b Actually I didn't lamb yoked up middle carnitine woman Karna beamy at 18 katiba men comma B actually I add in lamb yoke that middle half you name woman karma be me it yet in katiba Mina carnitine woman karma be elfia yet in cootie, Berman and contouring, he said are the usato Salam, whoever prays at night with 10 verses of the Quran thing is that Allah will not write him as a heedless person.
This person will not be written down as a neglectful Muslim
quick footnote here, what is the converse implication?
What is the converse implication of that statement?
That if you don't pray at night with a minimum of 10 verses, then you will be written with Allah amongst the coffee lien amongst the heatless.
He said Whoever prays using 10 verses 10 ayat, he will not be written amongst the Ruffini the heedless, okay, that's a start and Hamdulillah He said, But whoever prays to Allah Almighty with 100, I add to the Quran, Allah will write him amongst the devout, the kind of team
and whoever prays to Allah subhanho wa Taala with 1000. At night, Allah subhanho wa Taala was right this person as being from amongst the mukaan to urien, meaning those who are gathering many can pass
any questions you'd like to ask you?
What is that in part? What is a compiler? Yes, the scholars Some say that Alcantar is in reference to 4000 4000 dinars of gold. So from a linguistic perspective, when the Arabs would use embodying their currency out of our bow to Allah thing than any other bar to Allah. If you then enter 4000 dinars of gold.
Others they see a cantar is in reference to
a huge sum of wealth.
And others have said a cantar is in reference to an unknown amount of reward.
However, the Prophet SAW Selim has said something about this. He said work in thought on how you don't minute Dunia Murphy has just won Ken Starr is better in Allah's eyes than the whole world and everything within it. One Kimba
and those who are leading salah, praying Salah at night for 1008 They are the gatherers of many compounds, and they're gathering this type of reward scooping away heap heaps of reward.
And by the way, there was a small 30 Day benefit here which amounted mojado and Haskell and he said, he said that from Surah to Tabarak.
Chapter 67 of the Quran Tabata Karlovy Vary Hill milk
till the last part of the Quran called a whole the happiness chapter 114. There are here exactly 1000 verses.
So he says if a person prays at night from Surah, Tabarak to Surah, to nurse which is to Jesus
to add to that
it is 1000 So that's a benchmark or a guiding
a yardstick that you can use if you want to assess if you have recited 1000 or not, and all of the Quran is great. So this is
the answer to question number one, how much should I resigned?
Question number two, what if my memorization of the Quran is limited? Somebody may say, I don't have the ability to stand and pray without using say a copy of the Messiah. I've only memorized a little Allahu Ahad good honorable fella could order Robin nurse may Allah forgive me I'm intending on going back to the memorization of the Quran. But the teacher in the message was so strict and beatings with the stakes and the rest of it. So I decided to give it a mess. But no now I want to come back to it. How do I pray at night? First of all brothers and sisters, there are certain sorrows in the Quran that equate to big percentages of the Quran, small in size huge and reward like with Surah
Surah to the class Pulu Allahu Ahad most of us are aware of the Surah it really is the go to Surah of the Quran when you are in need of an express Salah you have a meeting and emergency. It's really the the one that we pinpoint. However, this surah is not to be belittled, because it has the descriptions of Allah.
Allah Who Allahu Allah, that's why it's called sort of the class the chapter of sincerity
because it's purely speaking about Allah.
And there was a man during the time of the prophets that I sent him who would recite this surah abundantly so some of the companions seem to belittle it. Nahum, Taka Lulu, it was as if they
belittling it. So he told the prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and he said one lady Neff CBIT he in Hala Tadeu Sal Quran, I swear by the one who possesses my life that Surah equates to 1/3 of the Quran
1/3 of the Quran
so you will have knowledge of 1/3 of the Quran. This is not just a start. This is a long way into the book of Allah subhanaw taala use that. And that is why Abdullah Hypno mother companion.
He was once with one of his friends of Wuhan from the tabula in Abuja on it. He said once I was with the companion Abdullah, him and Omar, and the sun was about to rise.
The time for federal was coming in. So he said to me quickly, let us pray at night. Pray at night. Even if you recite something small, like a third of the Quran. I said Subhanallah How am I going to recite a third of the Quran? Failure is almost there. He said to me, did you not know that Kuno Allahu Ahad is equivalent to a third of the Quran.
Allahu Akbar, plug it into your Salah Dear brothers and sisters and don't belittle any part of the Quran.
The second element here is the aspect of carrying a copy of the most half as you are reciting the book of Allah Almighty. Whether it's your through your mobile phone and application or the physical book or something to that effect.
And many of the scholars are of the view that this is perfectly permissible. Certainly the madhhab of the Shafia is in the harmonies.
And to a large extent, the metal of the Maliki's Yes, the Hanafi is have an issue with this. However, it was the way of Alma that is out of the Allahu Anhu our mother Isha, she would request a servant of hers to lead her in Salah at night, and he would be reciting of a manuscript of some sort.
And it was the way over hasta number three and APA and others. So that's another solution for those who haven't memorized much of the book of Allah to carry a physical manuscript.
I set my alarm to pray at night, someone says, but my eyes always overcome me.
And sometimes I wake up and it's almost the whole time. Never mind praying at night. I've missed I've missed life and death, like I've missed everything.
What do I do in such a situation? First of all, brothers and sisters, right before talking about the intention of such a person realize that what keeps us bed bound are our sins.
There is no other way to explain it. And this was deferred to all of our predecessors. They say to Al Hasan Basri I love to pray at night. Oh, Imam. I love to pray at night.
And I prepared the container of water to do My will. And I sleep and I still miss the prayer of the night. He said to him, my brother Clay Yeah, that's because you have been chained by your sins.
And one brother, I remember him saying this.
I have seen a black and white pattern in my life.
Those nights before I go to sleep, where I actively repent to Allah subhanho wa Taala from my sins. I wake up that night. And those nights when I don't do that, and I sleep with the sins of the eyes and the sins of the hands and the sins of the feet and the sins of other parts of the body. There was nights when I sleep on those things without repentance, I struggled to even wake up for my future solder
shackles. They are in the form of sins and sins are in the form of shackles. This was how our predecessors dealt with the matter. You have been shackled by your sins.
And there's no other explanation for our brother who may be in the gym boasting of his 150 kg or 200 kg that he can bench off his chest iron that he can lift without an issue. But then when it comes to the night prayer, he's struggling to bench mattress or a blanket off his chest that doesn't wait 20 grams. How come
because during that time, it's not your triceps and your pecs and your shoulders that's pushing away from you. It's your Eman that's pushing away from you. And that gives you brothers and sisters an example of how much how short we are falling towards our souls. Our bodies are so nourished and so fit and strong. Our Eman is crying because it is going through the throes of death.
with your ability to wake up at night. And it will give you that the difference between the strength of the body versus the strength of the Soul yet what will matter on matter on the Day of Judgment is the strength of that soul.
Allah hookman May Allah forgive us brothers and sisters. As for those who set their alarms, they repent to Allah they do their best but they still managed to sleep through the night prayer. There is a Hadith here that gives good news. The messenger said sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
as Mr. Manga said he narrates on your I can't remember the name of the companion Mr. Manga in writes in his pseudonym, the messenger SallAllahu ala
He will send them said, Man, if you're Asha, who will Hawaiian we and your home Amina Layli.
Fazlullah but who I know who had a spa
cootie Bella Hoonah and our canon OMO who i Li sadaqa, your Allah. Whoever goes to his bed at night he said it he Santos, whoever goes to his bed at night with the intention of praying at night.
And then his eyes overcome him and he wakes up in the morning.
Then Allah will give him the full reward of a person who had prayed at night. And that sleep would have been a sadaqa charity from Allah upon him.
Subhan Allah, Allah man introducing ALLAH SubhanA Medina, Allahu Akbar.
Yes, but of course, this is for those who really meet the conditions. I mean, it's not doesn't make sense to sleep at 233 o'clock in the morning and expect to wake up at Clear. Does it make sense brothers and sisters, you have to take the means I have to repent to Allah for my sins. And I have to say to my friends, I'm sorry, the phone is going on flight mode at 10 o'clock. Now I need to get an early night before before I pray you don't need to mention that last part cover your good deeds.
Sleep on your right side sleep in the state of Waldo. And then Allah Almighty will assist such a person.
Before fourth question before we conclude brothers and sisters, we're almost done. Now, somebody may say that I am struggling to experienced the night prayer.
I mean, I go to taraweeh every single night in Ramadan and I'm dragging my feet to the masjid. And I cannot even complain that this is a Formula One Michael Schumacher Imam, no, this Imam I'm going to mashallah his re citation is on point.
But there's something in me. I'm struggling to enjoy the citation. All of the faults of the world and all of the business ideas and all of the genius analysis comes to me when I am in sauna.
How come? I am not enjoying the prayer at night.
First of all, dear brothers and sisters realize
that if you and I managed to tap into the joy of the prayer of the night that we have tapped into one of the greatest of all happiness that this world has to offer.
a Dharani he said i Hello lady feel that we are Hello lady fee I be added to him. Allah. Allah Allah we fee law. We him Walla Walla Lai Luma. Baca, he said that the people who pray at night are experiencing a joy that is far greater than the joy of the people of dunya. And if it wasn't for the night prayer, I would have asked Allah to cause me to die.
Think about all of the sins that are happening at night. Whether it's in a clubs, whether it's in the pubs, whether it's behind closed doors, whether it's behind the tills think about all of the sins and the enjoyment that is happening.
He is saying that none of this equates to even a drop in the ocean of those who pray at night. Only those who have experienced this will know this, like Sulaiman.
So it brings a sweetness to it. It brings a sweetness with him. However, here is the issue.
If you are struggling their brother, their sister, realize that will only be a matter of time before your soul surrenders to your wishes and comes with you to Allah Almighty smiling. It's a survival of the fittest, who will win
your body that is causing you to sleep or your soul that wants to take you to Allah. It's a fight. It's a fight an internal battle every one of us has in his life.
And you and I, if we show that show that soul determination, resilience, and that you will not tap out, eventually your soul will tap out and it will come with you to Allah subhanho wa Taala
willingly and lovingly. As some of our predecessors they said
Ma ZIL to Asuquo Neff, si il Allah who are here Turkey had spoke to her Illa he thought the heck he said I continue dragging my soul to Allah for singing my soul to Allah whilst my soul was crying.
Until finally it surrendered and came with me to Allah Almighty whilst it was laughing, smiling Allahu Akbar, it will come but with time pIane will not be enjoyable for you and I the first night maybe not even the 10th night, but there will come a point where it will be your ecstasy. It will be your addiction, your yearning, you cannot do without it that evening.
And if you wake up that morning and you had not prayed at night, your whole day seems dark and miserable and unproductive.
And that's the status we want to reach to your brothers and sisters when it becomes part of our essence this night prayer.
Cabot to salata actually in Asana
from Medina am to be harsh Rena center, saboteur Bonanni. He said, I suffered praying at night for 20 years. Then I enjoyed the night prayer for the remaining two
In two years, Allahu Akbar, it will come to you brothers and sisters, finally, and in 60 seconds I'm going to leave you with this answer to this question.
Is the majority of the night needed for prayer so that I fit the characteristic of the true servants of Allah who spent the night prostrating and bowing. Do I need to pray the entire night maybe I know I will not be able to do that our lives have changed. We have the nine till five and we have schools school runs in the morning and it's really difficult. Maybe I will struggle to pray the entire part of the night maybe my employer will not give me a siesta nap during the day.
What must I pray in order to qualify myself as being from the true servants of Allah who spent the night bowing and prostrating Abdullah him and ibis and Hamdulillah He gives you an answer. Listen to this. He said, Man, Salah Baden insha. Allah Caratini Kana me men karma Linda, he said he didn't walk on eBay.
Allahu Akbar. He said, Whoever prays to Allah Almighty two units, just two units after the actual prayer. Then in the eyes of Allah, He has spent his night frustrating and barren. Subhan Allah what excuse do you have brothers and sisters?
Now this is a base a bare minimum? Yes. And we want to build upon that. So the first night keep it simple. Yeah, don't go for this one shot one that type of thing beginning early for me. Right? And then next day, you're not doing anything. Keep it simple. Build a pattern that you can keep consistent then build upon it. build upon it to your to your body once more than I think this applies to everything in life. Take it face by face.
We ask Allah Almighty to make us the people of the night or SallAllahu intervener Muhammad Al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alameen we were supposed to go through two characteristics of the true servants of Allah. We've gone through one and perhaps this elaboration was needed because we are in the month of Ramadan and the month of tarawih. We will make up for this inshallah tie that week three next week, inshallah. Tada, same time. Are there any questions that you would like to ask?
Brothers and sisters? Yes.
Good night. Brother asked two questions. The first question is, is it better to pray the night praying and congregation by yourself? Generally speaking, the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said Afflalo, Salah didn't matter if he by T il Matoba. The best prayer you can do in terms of reward is the one that you do in your house.
With the exception to the five daily prayers for the men that is the message is the best place for them.
And for our sisters, it is their homes, the best place in terms of reward but for the men, the best Salah that you can do any salah is in your house with the exception to the five another exception to this we can perhaps place is the Torah we Salah because the messenger saya Selim led the companions for a few days, the night prayer Tara we in congregation.
However, be careful how you listen and take this answer because it can be misused some of the scholars
including the Shafia ease and the honeyberries they say that for he who is able to recite the Quran, well, it is better for him to pray at home, his tarawih Hassan, he who is able to recite the Quran well and it is better for him to recite the Quran at home on several conditions. Condition number one, that he will recite more than what he would have done in the masjid not to go home and to do a freestyle Salah and say it's better according to the chaffins not like that. You have to pray along for your home and you will enjoy the salah more you will find your heart at home more condition number two, that you are somebody who has proficiency in the citation of the Quran so that you're
you are like the imam or maybe better or you have the ability to to recite a number three that the masajid the congregation of datawindow massager do not stop
because we don't want this sunnah as well to disappear. This was stipulated by some of the scholars it was the photo of Abdullah Hibino Ahmed
to a man who has the ability to recite the Quran that he should pray at home. However, this doesn't just should not dissuade us from coming to the masjid and there is a virtue of praying here as well.
And the early human avatar used to pray it out of your hand the masjid and Abdullah live in must pray that we are in the masjid and certainly obey Ubuntu cabin to me with Nelson the daddy and Ahmed Musa they all prayed in the masjid. Yes. And if you were able to reconcile between both praying some in the masjid and semitone this is this is also this is favorable inshallah.
So rather He has two questions. The first is what is the ideal time to pray at night? Allah subhanaw taala said Well mustafina Will as hard those who repent to Allah during the as hard time as hard as hard it means the latter part of the night when the night is the darkest just before Fajr it's called as har is the time when you have so horror isn't it so hard from the same origins? Because it's the last part of the night and say his magic. That's when the magician they carry out their sorcery because it's the darkest part of the night. So the greatest
The Piano undoubtedly is when the night is very dark and people are asleep before selecting Fudger however anytime you break from the completion of your action Salah up until Fajr this is all pm all of it is pm and train yourself with what you're able to do to units. This is the second part of your question two units is sufficient. So you finished your actual Salah four units then you pray your sunnah two units and then you may want to you may wish to pray two units Coolio Allahu Ahad or any other Surah that you feel you find your heart with. And then you do your with your Salah as one or three or five or seven or nine or 11
clear so you can stick with two up until you feel that you're ready to go with four and work your way up in sha Allah until our sides begin to forsake the beds May Allah allow us to reach that yes
any act of worship is admirable during that time of the night. Salah has a special virtue undoubtedly. And also the element of repenting to Allah during that time. Allah said Well mustafina Will as hard those who repent during the night.
Allah the name of Quran Allah Hafiz hakea, Morocco Odin Hua Jun will be those who remember Allah standing sitting on their side, the vicar of Allah. Dua we also know has a special virtue in the last third of the night as Allah Almighty descends to the very first heaven at ascension that befits his majesty and glory. And he says, who has a request and I will answer his dua. So do I have the virtue vicar has a virtue? Quran has a virtue Salah has a virtue, how much should I divide in terms of percentage? I cannot give you an answer you do what you you do what you will find your heart with. You may pray and then you feel that you losing it a little bit. Right. So sit down, take out
your Mr. Buhari. If you don't think it is a bit hard. I don't want the PDF now to be sent about me. Right use maybe the counter or preferably just your fingertips. And remember Allah subhanho wa taala.
Brothers and sisters, remember Allah Almighty during that time. Think about Allah during that time, contemplate the creation of the heavens and the earth during that time. And our mother hate you. She said that he woke up one day the messenger SiteSell them and he was praying at night and he cried and he soaked his beard and soaked his lap and soaked the soil.
And then Bill Allah came to wake him up for Salah to venture, wake him up messengers or send them he's awake. He's a messenger of Allah, how can you cry, and Allah has forgiven all of your past sins. He said, Bilal, Allah has just given me an idea. Woe to those who recite it and they don't think about it.
Woe to those who recite it, and they don't think about it, what is the I in a few hulky summer what you will, indeed in the creation of the heavens and the earth was the laffy Layli when the heart in the Hulk is somehow it will work the knife in nearly one the heart, in the old Albert indeed in the creation of the heavens and the earth. And in the alternation between the night and the day. There are signs for people of understanding in the verses continue those who remember Allah standing and sitting on their sides.
And they think about the creation of the heavens and the earth, seeing Glory be to Oh Allah, you have not created this out of vain. So protect us from the hellfire. He said Woe to the ones who recite this Yeah, and they don't think about it. So give yourself a portion of Quran a portion of declare a portion of Doha, yes, a portion of rest.
And also a portion of contemplation, one of the most abused and neglected acts of worship in our life contemplating over the majesty of the heavens in the earth and keep this away from you. I don't will adored
your enemy. Keep this away from you. Don't pray and then check and pray this You're finished. Your Eman is gone. Keep it far away from you.
You know some of us Allah forgive us hon. Allah You about to pray. Go into Instagram.
about you pray hashtag stay humble.
And then you put it in your phone, you put it in your pocket. Then what happens? Allahu Akbar this this this and you're reciting from what you thinking? I wonder who was the one who liked the first message was it was it Shama?
Was it Hassan or Hassan I know Subhanallah he better have like my stuff because I liked his stuff last week doesn't like my so I'm gonna go into my page and unlike all of the things that I like for him,
keep it well away from your brothers and sisters when Allah He it is the destroyer of Eman. It has cut us off from looking up towards Allah. Forsaken sunnah looking towards the Heaven. Our Messengers I sent him had two habits brothers and sisters two habits.
One habit was to look into the heavens frequently as our mother, my Munna, she said Kenya cathedral nya
Last summer, he would so frequently glare into the heavens, that is not a person who's waiting for another, the next feed or coming,
looking up into the heavens, thinking about Allah. And he had a second habit which was frequently looking towards the earth because of his shyness of Allah subhanaw. Taala is
his mannerisms towards Allah.
And this is what stands in between,
really keep it to abandons acity. And if you have to even remove your social media, and we've spoken about this in the in the whole session that we dedicated to lectures for the mannerisms of use of using social media, you will not die if you unsubscribe from all of your channels, if you don't feel that the benefit is outweighing the harm that is causing you and the disconnect, that the connect with people has brought with you the disconnects from Allah that the connection with people has brought about.
major tangent Allahu Akbar. Okay. Any other questions? Yes.
Do you see what the question is going? Do you see where the question is going? Bob? Yes, go ahead. Yes, yes. Yes, good luck, good luck, brother from his concern and his jealousy for the amount of Islam that really this is, this is great desire for the dean. Like he's saying, don't take sort of the class for a ride. Like just recite Surah to the class and go to sleep and say I recited a third of the Quran. Scholars they spoke about this, they said that the reward that comes from Surah to the class in terms of being a third of the Quran ha I mean, he thought Al Jazeera Lamin hyphen eg zap.
This is with respect to the reward not with the respect of it being sufficient
focus on that statement. This is with respect to the reward not with the respect of it being sufficient. What does that mean? Means if I was to recite Allah, Allahu Allah three times I do get the reward of a full citation of the Quran.
But is it sufficient from reciting the Quran?
Do you see the element here? Do you see the
I do get the reward of reciting the full Quran if I recite it three times, and twice if I do it six times and three times if I do it and so on and so forth. But is this in terms of sufficiency from needing to recite the Quran? And the answer is no. You have to give yourself a portion of surah baqarah and I am Rana anharmonic Aarav. Yes. So as our brother said, there is enjoy the reward that comes to sorta to the class was not neglecting our obligation towards the rest of the book of Allah. Excellent.
They, I think we will stop here in sha Allah Allah Allah, wa salam ala on and Amina Mohammed what hamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alameen